Tales of Tools and Tactics: Create a resource inventory for your Team
by April Greene on April 28, 2014
Tools and Tactics
are replicable templates Connectors can use to multiply and amplify
action and collaboration in their communities. We find they also make
for great stories about people all over the world who are promoting good
in interesting ways.
A great thing about the Idealist Network is that everyone brings
their own skills, connections, and knowledge to the table. A great thing
about Google Docs (or even a spiral notebook) is that they allow you to
use a simple template to create an inventory of all these resources.
Share the knowledge, Team!
Team Brooklyn. Liz is on the left. (photo courtesy Liz Morrison)
Q: What’s been the biggest challenge of creating or maintaining your resource inventory and how have you addressed it?
A: The biggest challenge has been getting people to start
using it! I’ve mentioned it at meetings, posted it on our Team page’s
discussion board, and talked it up to every Brooklyn and New York
Connector I’ve met. We’ve started to see people filing out the first
sheet with contact information, which is great and helpful. But the next
step is to get them to complete the info in the other tabs—that
includes memberships/affiliations, meeting locations, and existing
In order to continue growing this document, I’ll keep giving friendly
reminders about it at meetings and explaining the various information
categories people can contribute to; post it again on our discussion
board; and maybe print a paper copy for people to fill out on-the-spot
at our next meeting. Hopefully as more Teams start creating their own
resource inventories (like San Diego), more Connectors will learn about the concept and start using it as a matter of course!